No Shortcuts

Release date
1 Feb 2014
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 No Shortcuts (Intro) 2:04 10,135
2 Day of the So Called Glory 5:49 12,951
3 Who Got Juice 6:27 11,362
4 Liquified 5:32 11,009
5 Never That Easy 5:28 8,710
6 Take It Back 5:03 8,447
7 Blood Ties 6:12 8,111
8 I Really Do Believe 5:13 8,839
9 Defying Gravity 4:36 8,510
10 The Night Hawk 4:32 7,224
11 Step 007 5:30 6,823
12 The Uprising 5:12 7,235
13 Damage Intended 5:30 6,858
14 Red Baron of WW3 6:31 6,635
15 To Get By 5:33 5,971

About this album

Track after dope track of new sounds and genres can be found in the immaculate production of ‘No Shortcuts’, the latest Cold Busted 15 track release from Gramatik. A mixture of instrumental Hip Hop, Dubstep and Indie Dance with his gratifying touches of Soul and Funk, the album showcases enticing new synthesizers. A hybrid of Hip Hop and Dubstep at 93BPM ‘Who Got Juice’ drops in with authoritative full bass lines popping off with a peppered soul sample, mauve synths and drum rolls. Following is ‘Liquified’ an imaginative Dubstep song around 75BPM, welding a classic violin loop, and wobbling deep bass lines, an infectious snare, 8 bit bleeps and fresh sampling. ‘Blood Ties’ brings in exotic Middle Eastern sounds, a sitar melody, tribally drums and drops in big with fat undulating synths and seamless, fluctuating drum patterns. Spiritual and contagious, ‘I Really Do Believe’ ramps in with soulful organ keys, echoing choppy vocals, hi hats and arpeggios of colorful synths for a gentle explosion of beats and melody. ‘The Night Hawk’ screeches in with edgy electro synths and full, distorted beats layered with funky vocals and horns progressing into a full on dance floor banger. Ending the album is ‘To Get By’ a nostalgic, mid-nineties influenced tune with intelligent synths, talkative basslines and beats that double time into a danceable spread of apt electronic sounds.

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